Who is a Christian?
Mark 16:17-18, Luke 10:19, Luke 19:33, Matthew 10:1, Psalm 91:13
Christianity began in Antioch (Acts 11:26). The people lived and exhibited a Christlike lifestyle. These people were good, powerful and were noticed. A Christian is one in control of everything. A Christian is not a Church goer or one who has accepted a denomination, but the one who exhibits the attributes of Christ and walks in accordance to the precepts of God and hate false ways (Psalm 119:104). In Galatians 5:16, the Lord admonishes us to walk habitually in the Spirit, so we do not carry out the desire of the sinful nature which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts. You can be in the presence of God and still not a Christian. Christianity is not only about preaching and hearing the Word, but doing and acting in accordance to the word (James 1:22-25) and being in control of your environment. So, if you are a Christian, are you in control of your situation? The bible says in Job 22:28 that “You shall decree a thing and it will be established for you.” The verse says You and not the Pastor. So how many declarations have you made and how many came to past. As a Christian, you need a Priest to help you analyse things but not to declare. The Priest can teach you how to overtake but does not overtake for you. He can show you how to get out of a problem but it is left for you to get out of them.
Most Christians are hypocrites, pretending to be who they are not; A Christian is in control of demonic powers and principalities. The bible makes in Colossians 2:10 that we are complete in Christ, who is the Head of principalities and powers. 2 Corinthians 5:21 makes it clear also that Christ knew no sin but was made to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him, we would become the righteousness of God; that is, we would be made acceptable to God and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness. Therefore, knowing that we are in Christ, how then can the devil manipulate us. Whatever the devil was not able to do to Christ, he cannot do unto us.
Everything is obedient to a Christian because Christ gave us dominion over the works of His hands and has placed all things under our feet (Psalm 8:6). The mantle of control was handed over to us by Christ. We are to occupy till He comes (Luke 19:13), that means we are in charge, doing all that Christ has done and greater works (John 14:12). Whatever ungodly being that comes our way, should fear us because we have the power to trample upon them. The Lord has given us the power to tread upon the lion and cobra; the young lion and serpent, we shall trample underfoot (Psalm 91:13). A Christian must occupy, take over, be in control till Christ comes. So, when you are not able to occupy, can you joyfully say you are a Christian?
The demons are taking over everything because Christians live a life of hypocrisy. The people that occupy till Christ comes are those who can boldly say they are representing Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul said he dies daily. We are to selflessly follow Christ, imitating Him both in words and action.
This kind of selflessness is found in Philippians 2:3-8, the bible says “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God
[as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature
, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted
[as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]
; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
We blame God, people and even the devil but the real problem is us. We need to properly check our lives. Christians are few. That is why the bible said many are called but a few are chosen (Matthew 22:14); and the harvest is plentiful or many but there are few laborers (Luke 10:2). Everyone is called as a laborer, no matter where you are laboring, your ministry is attached to Jesus ministry. In all we do, we must do to the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Wherever you find yourself, labor to honor God, to show yourself approved by God, a workman who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). We are all called to preach the Word (Mark 16:15), being a doctor or a lawyer does not stop you from preaching the Word or speaking of the goodness of God. Revelation 12:11 makes it clear we overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of our testimony. Yet people want to overcome the powers of darkness and are shy to testify of the goodness of God. No matter where you find yourself, do not hide from sharing your testimony. Some are not prospering as they ought to because God has blessed them to be a blessing but yet they withhold their blessings to themselves; even those blessed to be engaged in ministry of giving.
Everyone has been assigned to do one thing or the other for God. Many others have hinderances, things stopping them from accomplishing their assignments or prospering because they are not doing what they need to do for God or not doing properly what needs to be done. We need to check each other to see how well we are doing that which God has purposed us for; We are called to work or labor, have you seen a laborer that is not working. Likewise, we must not be weary in well doing or become discouraged in doing good: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). Wherever you find yourself doing good, that which glorifies God, do not loose heart for in your appointed time (Job 14:14), God will visit you with a change of story. We must work as laborers before we can reap or get paid.
What are you called to do? What is your purpose? What are you doing for God? Some are called to serve as ushers in the house of God but they say they are shy. Anyone who denies Christ here on earth, shall also be denied in Heaven (Matthew 10:33). What are doing to improve that area in which you are called? Some say they cannot perform in such area, while God is saying if you lack wisdom, ask Him for He gives generously and without condemnation, rebuke or blame, and it will be given (James 1:5).
A Christian is one with the glory of God, above principalities and powers, having authority/dominion over all which our Lord God Almighty has created (Psalm 8:6). The devil fears a Christian because we are in Christ Jesus (Colossians 2:10). Therefore, something is wrong if you are not able to bind or command a demon to get out of your business as a Christian. Coming to Church is not to help the Pastor, as some people think and knowing the Pastor’s family is not going to help you either.
Furthermore, a problem less Christian is a hopeless one. The problems we have is as a result of God either test running our faith to see what we would do or a means for God to lift us on high to the next level. When you find yourself in any uncomfortable situation, know that the situation is not meant to stay, no problem is meant to stay or break us down; because God has promised to be with us in trouble, deliver and honor us and with long life shall He satisfy us and show us His salvations (Psalm 91:15-16). Therefore, it is no doubt that every Christian must face one challenge or the other. When you find yourself in that situation, run to God, search His Word. God is not man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19); what He says is guaranteed. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and is safe and set on high far above evil (Proverbs 18:10). We must always cast our burden on the Lord and He will sustain and uphold us; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken, slip, fall or fail (Psalms 55:22). Moreover, regardless of the challenge, we must be free to tell God everything, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising or disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). The devil should be obedient to you for we are seated with Christ in Heavenly places (as we are complete in Him) far above principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:20-21).
What kind of decision have you been able to make in the realms of the spirit? Many are called Christians but in reality, they are not because even Hell does not recognize them as Christians. In Acts 19:15, “the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, Paul I know; but who are you?”
A Christian can only be killed when God has finished with that one and it is time to come back home, for Christ is the ever Living One, who died and yet alive forevermore, and has the keys of death and of hades (Revelation 1:18). Christians die only at his designated time, for before we were born a volume of book has been written on us (Hebrews 10:7, Jeremiah 1:5). When God finishes with a Christian, He calls that person home for a new era to set in; that was why the disciples had to die because God was done with them for a new era to set in. Death is afraid of a Christian because Jesus Himself has conquered death (Revelation 1:17-18). We are set for eternity in Christ (John 3:16).
Now ask yourself this quick question: Am I really a Christian? Am I taking care of my environment? Am I the one controlling my situations or the demons around me?
The Lord has promised unto us a sound mind, good health, wealth (2 Timothy 1:7, 3 John 1:2, Philippians 4:19), why then do you still think sickness will hold you down. God made it clear to Paul His grace was and still is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). People make the mistake of making comments like “That was Paul not me” but know this, what God says to one, He says to all. Our God is the Unchangeable God (1 Kings 8:56). The Word of God is made available to all to be a partaker of the Glory of God available in His word. The bible in Numbers 23:19 makes it clear that God is not man to lie, whatever blessing we see in His word, we are able to take possession, if only we believe. The bible says as far as our eyes can see, so we can have (Genesis 15:5-6).
Sometimes, you can find yourself in a situation that no one can help you. In fact, it can be a situation you are able to help others and not yourself. These kinds of situations are set before us by God that we may humble ourselves and realize He is the Almighty. Instead of judging your situation, humble yourself before God, that His peace that surpasses all understanding might reign in you (Philippians 4:7). You should not be forced to work for God or wait to be told what to do. Find what you can do for God and do it diligently and when you do, you shall stand before kings (Proverbs 22:29). As a good Christian, the Devil is supposed to be confessing concerning you (Job 1:10), your environment, both the people you know and do not know are meant to be testifying concerning you. The devil is to be afraid of you because whenever you pray something happens (Job 22:28).
Deliverance does not take you to Heaven, it only removes obstacles. Knowing that a good Christian is one who occupies till Christ comes, taking His office till He returns, doing those things Jesus did and more, making men realize that Jesus is God (John 1:1); will you boldly say you a good Christian? How many people do you pray for? The bible says in Matthew 6:33, we should first seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you. How many times have you prayed for the Church? for the redemption and salvation of your friends and family? for your Pastor? How many times have you done things to advance the Gospel? Some people come into the presence of God and speak words and go. Prayer is a place of worship: meaning before you pray for yourself, reverence God in Praise and worship, pray Kingdom advancement prayers and pray for yourself with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6) and wait for revelation. Jeremiah 33:3 says, call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know. Do not just call on God, expect direction and revelation from Him; for all things works out for good for them that love Him (Romans 8:28). Do not pray and get tired of praying, do not be a Church goer or a miracle seeker, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, The Lord instructs us to pray without ceasing and when you pray, believe and appreciate Him for answering you because it is His will for us to give Him thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:6).
How many times have you shown love to another person? Bible speaking in 1 John 4:7-8, says “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not; for God is love.” Again, in Mark 12:31, Christ admonishes us to “unselfishly love your neighbor as yourselves. There is no other commandment greater.” Luke 6:31, says “treat others as you would want them to treat you.” How do you treat your acquaintances? Do you take care of some people and neglect the rest? What exactly are you doing? Again, what are you doing to glorify the name of the Lord? Are you a child of God or a miracle seeker? Why do you come before the presence of God? Are you after eternity with Christ or earthly benefits? Who are you?
What impact have you made as a Christian in Christendom? Does Heaven recognize you? Do you reverence God? Bible says be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19), do you act based on your knowledge or you seek the guidance of God (Jeremiah 33:3).
We need to live righteously in accordance to what God refers to as newness in Christ (Romans 6:4). A new man is not one that takes care of himelf, not one that buys you things, not one that is able to pay your bills. A new man is one that beholds the presence of God after receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. The bible speaking in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” A Christian is one living in the newness of Christ, having the image of God, His glory, demonstrates the Power of God by taking charge or dominion over all which the Lord has created, including principalities and powers (Colossians 2:10, Psalm 8:6). Christians are in Christ as light to the world, such light as no darkness can comprehend (John 1:3-5).
A Christian is one that decrees a thing and it be established (Job 22:28); the one who God has respect for both his personality and gift (Numbers 12:6-8, Genesis 4:4). In all you do, have a conviction of heart and do all to the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). “When I repented, I went back to the world and the first thing I looked for was my chains. If I had the conviction of the heart to follow God, I would not look for them and I won’t be able to go back to my old ways.” The conviction is between you and God. A Christian is one with spiritual children; by spiritual I mean replication of the grace bestowed upon us, the Lord has instructed us to go and preach the Word (Mark 16:15) and has chosen us that we should bear fruit and our fruit should remain (John 15:16). Therefore, we need people that will continue from where we stop. The disciples of Christ continued after Jesus resurrected.
When the Power of God came upon the disciples, they spoke in new tongues (Acts 2:1-4), and went about healing the sick (Acts 5:12-16). Have you spoken in the unknown tongue? 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, says “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with the spiritual words
[for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]
.” The Holy Spirit though we do not know what we speak, is able to help us interpret our unknown tongue. Every child of God must speak in the unknown tongue.
How many sick people have you healed as a Christian? Some Christians are still battling with their health, even after God has promised us good health (3 John 1:2). Some are afraid of praying for people because of the assumption that the demon that possesses such a person will jump into them. Such feeling of “Fear” should not be because the one that makes us complete is the head of principalities and powers (Colossians 2:10); “But if the spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). So, how then can any demon be able to jump into you? Fear is a personality we must fight against and we are able to overcome fear by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11).
The Power of the Holy Spirit is able to comfort us, help us and intercede for us and when the Power comes upon you, it shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance (John 14:26). Jeremiah 33:3, makes it clear that when we call unto the Father, He answers and shows us great and mighty things which we do not know of; showing us is revelation. You shall be able to see visions and prophecy (Job 22:28). You and not the Pastor shall see vision and prophecy, but people are always dependent on the Pastor. You need to know that most of us are ignorant of the fact that we think the devil has much power to influence our being. The problem of life is rather human than the demons. We have power of control and still do not use it. It is when you do not demonstrate your Power of Dominion that the power of darkness have a say in your life.
The devil and his demons cannot reach you, that is why they make you sin in order to break the connection with God then attack you. Sin brings enmity between us and God (James 4:4). They make you hate God, promise God and cannot fulfil by keeping covenants that you cannot uphold. You can still follow God for a turn around.
Mark 16:17-18, says “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak in new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
If any of the signs are not accompanying you, that means something is wrong and you need to do something. Have you casted out demons? Have you been able to pray for someone sick? Some cannot even pray for themselves. By serpent, the bible is speaking about every problem of your life. The Lord has given you power, therefore, no issue of life should get to you, every problem is to be handled safely or without harm. Poisons and other dangerous in take or experiences of life targeted to kill you cannot kill you. For if God be for you, who can stand against you (Romans 8:31). You can break any chain by yourself. The question is what does God say? Do you study and meditate on the Word enough to know what God says?
The Bible speaking in 1 Samuel 1:1-20,
“There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of the hill country of Ephraim, named Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives, one named Hannah and the other named Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. This man went up from his city each year to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh. Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests to the LORD there. When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions [of the sacrificial meat] to Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, because he loved Hannah, but the LORD had given her no children. Hannah’s rival provoked her bitterly, to irritate and embarrass her, because the LORD had left her childless. So it happened year after year, whenever she went up to the house of the LORD, Peninnah provoked her; so she wept and would not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you cry and why do you not eat? Why are you so sad and discontent? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” So Hannah got up after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside the doorpost of the temple (tabernacle) of the LORD. Hannah was greatly distressed, and she prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. She made a vow, saying, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction (suffering) of Your maidservant and remember, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life; a razor shall never touch his head.” Now it happened as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart (mind); only her lips were moving, and her voice was not heard, so Eli thought she was drunk. Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Get rid of your wine.” But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman with a despairing spirit. I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. Do not regard your maidservant as a wicked and worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and [bitter] provocation.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” Hannah said, “Let your maidservant find grace and favor in your sight.” So the woman went on her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. The family got up early the next morning, worshiped before the LORD, and returned to their home in Ramah. Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her [prayer]. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the LORD.”
In verse 14, the Priest, “Eli said to Hannah How long will you make yourself drunk? Get rid of your wine” but she held unto God by herself. She said “I am a woman with despairing spirit. I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord.” What if Hannah left after the way Eli spoke to her? Do you stop coming to Church because of the Pastor? Some problems are designated not for the Pastor to do anything but for us to take charge and express our dominion Power of God. The same Eli that almost discourage her told her in verse 17, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.”—that was all she needed from Eli but she needed to make a move.
When you do what you are supposed to do, God will do what He is supposed to do; and if you do not do what you are supposed to do, God might never do what He wants to do. Some people stop coming to Church because of delayed prophecies and others do not obey prophetic instructions. Christianity might not be normal sometimes, when you are asked to roll on the floor, roll. If you are asked to dance, dance. In JOHN 9:6-7, Jesus spat on the ground and made a mud with His Saliva, and He spread the mud on the man’s eyes. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. The man heard the Prophetic instruction, obeyed and got result. When you hear a prophetic instruction, obey and you will see result, in Jesus name, Amen!
God speaks through His prophets, that is Rhema: A specific word from the Lord made available either through His prophets or individually through studying of Word. We must know that “faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling us” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Some allow pride to move them away from their miracle. Proverbs 16:18, says “Pride goes before fall or destruction.” A good Christian must be humble. In Numbers 12:3, we were made to understand that “the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth” and in Numbers 12:6-8, this was what the Lord said concerning Moses, He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD will make Myself known to him in a vision And I will speak to him in a dream. But it is not so with My servant Moses; He is entrusted and faithful in all My house. With him I speak mouth to mouth [directly], Clearly and openly and not in riddles; And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
We must be faithful to our Maker and loving Him selflessly, that is dying daily (1 Corinthians 15:31), trusting Him by “taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16), and having hope in hopelessness for that is the meaning of faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence not seen.” You do not have to see to believe and when you pray, believe you that have received and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). Also “be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
If in the deepest of your heart, you know you are not a Christian or you want to reconcile with God, you can take this opportunity to connect with Christ. As long as you still have life God has preserved you for a reason, accept Him as Lord and Savior and be on your path to Heaven. Say! Lord Jesus I come before you a sinner, I believe You died for me and resurrected on the third day, I repent of all my sins, forgive me and cancel my name from the book of death and write it in the book of life. Thank you for saving me.
Revelation 12:11, the bible says “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Father! Since you have given unto me dominion: In the name of Jesus and by the power in the blood of the Lamb, I decree and declare the total restoration of all the devil has taken from me, In Jesus name, Amen! Pray!
Prayer 2: In the name of Jesus and by the power in the blood of the Lamb, I overcome and tread upon every satanic attack, power, principality, demon, powers of darkness, satanic agents speaking against or standing in the way of the glory of God in me, In Jesus name, Amen! Pray!
3. The Holy spirit is our comforter, helper and intercessor, ask Him [the Holy Spirit] to take charge, to comfort, help and intercede for you, In Jesus name, Amen! Pray!
In Jesus mighty name, Amen!